When did the bedside reading sconce morph into a pendant? Sconces are much preferred over a table lamp, which I tend to find clunky both visually and functionally, but why the sudden fascination with pendant lights in the bedroom? Low hanging pendant lights, no less. Pendant lights that dangle much closer to the ground have been a growing trend, both in the bedroom and other rooms.
Would you do it? I’ve actually been thinking about swapping out the articulating sconces in our master bedroom. Then, last week, a 12-year-old with a strong throwing arm smashed the glass shade with a football. But I’m not sure I’m sold on the pendant light by the bed thing. Maybe I’m wrong. Thoughts?
Like most things in my house, I tend towards simple with clean lines. While it’s true that in my living room in Boston, I have a bold Angela Adams rug and smattering of patterned pillows by Jonathan Adler, Kelly Wearstler, Hable Construction, and Judy Ross Textiles, the sofa and upholstered cushions on the vintage Scandinavian chairs from eBay are slightly textured solids
In the bedroom, I always keep colors and textures more subdued. When we lived in a bungalow in Chevy Chase, we had the loveliest bedroom, with pale lilac walls, a creamy wrought iron bed, and a beautiful quilt that my mother-in-law made for us as a wedding gift. The windows looked out on a magnolia tree in the backyard.
Our Boston bedroom, by contrast, is a dungeon. To lighten things up, we have a tall tailored headboard from Pottery Barn, upholstered in white cotton duck. The sheets and duvet are pure white. Not exciting, but the best we can do as everything else seems to have taken priority for the last dozen years. Happily the all white bedroom on the Cape is bliss.
The condo in Delray Beach is currently being painted white. White, white, and more white. The cork floor should go in later this month(!!!). If you’ve been following, you’ll know it’s decorated with white and pale wood furniture from Ikea (sofa, chairs), CB2 (nightstands, dining table), West Elm (bed), etc. and punctuated with pops of color.
The boys’ beds, of which i did a staged makeover, are back to its original style. While the bold graphic bedding looked better, it wasn’t the aesthetic I was going for. So they once again have the Ikea duvet covers in teal and grass green with organic patterns. While the fabric is slightly rough, I love the quality of the duvet inserts, pillows, mattress pads, and other bedding basics.
BeddingStyle.com was in touch recently about doing some sort of makeover using my choice of bedding from its site. There are a few great modern bedding brands, including Marimekko, so I’ve been contemplating whether to try one out in the Florida master bedroom. I had planned on using a sea glass colored Matouk coverlet I bought at the Matouk Factory Store in Fall River, Mass.
In trying to determine whether to go with a subtly colored solid duvet or comforter, or one with a pattern, I thought it best to pull together some examples. (The sheets will remain white; always white.) Here are 25 bedrooms with patterned duvets, comforters, or quilts.
You see a lot of the mismatched dining chair look in magazines and blogs, but really, how many real people do you know that live like that? Even if one half of a couple wanted to curate just the right chairs, the other would likely protest. I suppose there are some quirky beach houses, passed down and shared with extended families, that cultivate a mismatched dining chair ensemble by default.
One could however, get away with a more streamlined approach by choosing one style of chair, and using them in different colors. I used two each of white, charcoal, and robin’s egg blue Eames chairs for Meredith’s dining room; it looks really pretty and pulled together. It’s a fun look to do with chairs for the patio, where casual and fun are called for.
Mixing molded fiberglass Eames chairs is the most commonly seen execution, probably because they have long been available in a multitude of colors. But there are plenty of other options too. Or you could even start with pale wood chairs, and use paint to accent the legs, for a “dipped” look. Or mix woods or metals. Here are 16 dining rooms that use the same chair in different colors around the table.
This very minute I’m in the quad awaiting the annual Maypole dances at my son’s school. It’s gorgeous out —green, flowering, and sunny. When the kids were small, I’d perch on the playground bench equipped with my laptop. These days, it just doesn’t seem worth the effort since conditions are less than ideal. Although we live on the “garden” level, first floor Back Bay, Boston condos aren’t outfitted with much in the way of outdoor space. On a whim, we looked at two houses across the river in Cambridge. One had such a lovely city-like patio and yard, I was tempted.
I’ve pulled together a collection of 22 exterior spaces all accessed by wonderful (mostly) glass exterior doors. There are the obvious sliding doors and French doors, but these are unique wood slat and metal-frame versions. I’ve included plenty of traditionally-hinged doors, though their shape, size, and applications are anything but run-of-the-mill. An accordion door is incredibly appealing, and sadly not so common in the Northeast. (One could do accordion room dividers, however. I’ve seen a few amazing photos of these on Pinterest.) Interiors with sliding barn doors have become hugely popular; I found one outdoor example, included here. The most amazing exterior doors, aside from having a garage door in your living room, which I’ve always thought was cool, are glass pivot doors. I’ve found a number of gorgous examples for you. Every category could easily get its own post—which do you like best?
I think the first time I really noticed a giraffe from a design perspective (besides when I was at the zoo), was almost three years ago when my friend’s baby was chewing on a rubber one. You know it—the ubiquitous Sophie the Giraffe Teether by Vulli. (If you’re not up on tot stuff, guarantee you’ll notice one tomorrow.) When Martha Stewart shared the cover of the September issue with a practically life sized stuffed giraffe in her grandchild’s nursery, I knew I was past due for a post. So, now six months later, I’ve finally pulled one together. My punishment for delay is your treat — I have over 50 images for you. I know a lot of other blogs have noticed the trend too, but I hope a bunch of these are new for you. There’s quite a few nurseries with giraffes, but plenty of grownup spaces too.
A few years ago it was the bare bulb. Now everyone’s hanging these super spindly sconces in unexpected places (and sometimes they even have bare bulbs). Over sinks and sofas, from beams, and reaching straight across kitchens, they’re an interesting element, and certainly functional. Some have a mid-century Italian twist, others are more industrial work horses. I guess I like them, though it’s not exactly easy to install a sconce on a whim. I wonder if those who are incorporating them into current projects will feel like they’re trendy/dated in a couple of years. Time will tell. In the meantime, I like them, even if they look like they might reach out and grab you.